West Virginia Hunting News

West Virginia Turkey Season Set to Open April 25th

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages hunters to get their gear ready for the upcoming spring gobbler hunting season. The four-week season opens Monday, April 25, and closes on Saturday, May 21, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section. Hunters may kill two bearded turkeys during the season but are allowed only one per day.

West Virginia Black Bear Hunters Harvest Record Number

West Virginia hunters harvested a record 2,392 black bears during the combined 2010 archery and firearms seasons, according to Paul Johansen, Assistant Chief in charge of Game Management for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The preliminary harvest data for the combined seasons in 2010 was 14 percent higher than the previous record of 2,069 established in 2008.

Tracking Workshop Offered at Twin Falls State Park in West Virginia

Tracking and woods lore at Twin Falls State Park is a winter adventure. The weekend of January 14-16 promises nature, drama, tracking, and history in outdoor and indoor settings.

"It's an experience,” according to Doug Wood with Trails, Inc. "The weekend activities introduce attendees to an 18th century life style, when American Indians and European Americans lived closer to nature. Learn some of the skills that were necessary for everyday life, and learn of the cultural sharing that has made our modern lives richer."

West Virginia Hunters Need to Purchase 2nd Stamp Before Start of Season

Hunters are reminded that the additional firearms deer gun stamp (Class RG – Resident or Class RRG – Nonresident) for taking an additional deer during the buck firearms season must be purchased prior to Nov. 22, 2010, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

West Virginia Hunter Ed Blitz Weekend

The gun seasons for deer open soon in West Virginia, and to meet the needs of young or new hunters, the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will be sponsoring a Hunter Education course "Blitz Weekend" across the state November 13 and 14. During that weekend, there will be at least one Hunter Education class offered in nearly every county. Any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1975, must complete a Hunter Education course before purchasing a hunting license.

Youth Hunters Get Special Hunt Opportunities in West Virginia

Youth hunters between the ages of 8 and 17 and Class Q permit holders will have the opportunity to harvest an antlerless deer on each of three days in 2010. The Youth/Class Q deer season will be held on Oct. 30, Dec. 27 and Dec. 28, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the Division of Natural Resources.

West Virginia Archery Seasons Open Oct. 16th

The 2010 West Virginia big game archery seasons open Oct. 16, 2010, offering some of the best deer and bear hunting opportunities in the eastern United States, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Deer – The statewide traditional deer archery season opens on Saturday, Oct. 16, and runs through Dec. 31. Bowhunters are reminded that they have until Oct. 15 to purchase the additional archery stamps (Class RB/RRB). Up to three deer may be taken statewide during this season.

West Virginia Seeks Comments on Elk Management Plan
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) has made the Draft West Virginia Elk Management Plan available for public review and comment. A copy of the draft plan can be found on the WVDNR's website.
West Virginia DNR Explains Hunting Season Changes

Several important changes in the state's fall hunting seasons for wild turkey and black bear, as well as the youth hunting seasons, are included in the new 2010-2011 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary brochure, according to Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro. The publication is now available at all West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, DNR District Offices, Elkins Operation Center and South Charleston Headquarters

West Virginia's New Law Used in Conviction of Two Poachers

A Preston County man and a Tucker County juvenile are the first persons charged and convicted with violating a wildlife law passed this year by the West Virginia Legislature. Division of Natural Resources Police Officers Sgt. Gary Johnson and Officer Josh Rhodes charged Mike A. Chapman, 22, from Aurora, W.Va. and an unnamed Tucker County juvenile in Preston County magistrate court in July, 2010. Both were charged and convicted of spotlighting, carrying loaded firearm in a vehicle and illegal killing of wildlife.